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News for Canadian Regionals

Sorry I haven't posted in a bit, but I've been pretty sick this week. I'm behind on my new analysis, but it should be up on Monday.

Of course, the real reason for this post is regarding the email I sent to The Pokemon Company International a few days ago:

Hi, this year I attended the Seattle Regional qualifier for the Pokemon VGC. I had a wonderful time, as usual, and I thank you very much for your efforts at making the tournaments a fantastic experience.

However, since last year, I have been wondering why there have been no Regionals in Canada. I actually live in British Columbia, and have made the drive to Seattle every year for Pokemon events, usually quite frequently for downloads. I also belong to an online forum that is heavily involved in the VGC, and many of them are from Vancouver or Toronto, and end up having to drive to Seattle and Newark (this year) respectively. To me it would make sense to have at least two qualifiers in Canada, in two major cities.

But there is probably a reason why there aren't, right? So for curiosities sake, what is that reason? Is it a cost problem? Considering the amount, of Japan qualifiers, I don't believe that is the reason.

So it's just a wandering question, and I appreciate that you took the time to read it.

All the best, Feathers.

A few days later (today) I received a reply from Mike:

Sadly, what makes sense isn't always what is possible.

The Japanese events are operated by our parent company, which has significantly greater resources than we do. Their budget for their VGC events is substantially larger than ours, and the manpower available to them dwarfs what we have available to us. Comparing the Japanese VGC events to the US and European events is comparing apples to oranges.

We do have plans to expand in North America, and those plans do include Canada. Unfortunately, just not for this year.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Michael Liesik
The Pokemon Company International
333 108th Ave NE Suite 1900
Bellevue, WA 98004

So that means good news for all you Canadian VGCers out there! I'm looking forward to next year already in hopes that they'll confirm this information indefinitely. If they have more than one stop (the one stop would most likely be a single Nationals in Toronto) then I'll be able to go to all of them. I'm thinking along the lines of Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal, and possibly Edmonton.

On another note, if you have any team ideas or any analysis you want to share, feel free to do so! Those of us in the know will do our best to help you build your team for this year.

Good luck to those participating in San Fran this weekend! I'll see you all again on Monday with the coverage.




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May. 14th, 2010 06:51 pm (UTC)
Thanks for sharing this! I live in an area that's generally at least 6 hours away (usually more) from any Pokemon VGC events, and I've wanted to go for years. I hope they include some new cities for next year, both Canada and the US!
May. 15th, 2010 01:23 am (UTC)
No problem. :)

I'm hoping they have at least three locations across Canada. I think the US needs more west-coast locations, as well as some central stops. People I met at Seattle drove up to ten hours to play. :/
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